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Since the entry barriers have become tougher to enter the prestigious institutes, what is the right time to start preparing for IITs?

As per the new standards, class 12 board performance has gained supreme importance for getting admissions into the nation’s top engineering colleges including IIT. The aspirant needs to be in the top 20 percentile list of the respective class 12 board and must have cleared JEE Advanced exams in merit.

The decision to include 40 per cent weightage on class 12 board was taken because many students gave less focus to it and spend their energy for engineering preparation. Such students were found to be topping the JEE Advanced exams but had only average marks in the class 12. To have a proper balance between these two exams, the decision was taken to add some weightage.

Since the entry barriers have become tougher to enter the prestigious institutes, what is the right time to start preparing for IITs?

With the burden of assignments, special coaching and rushing for tuition, the student feels pressurized and is left with no time for self study and conceptualisation. This has put enormous burden on the young shoulders and to overcome the same, many leading institutes have come up with the idea of integrating the two processes.

To help students achieve their best academic potentials, the new innovation in teaching and mentoring is being provided by FIITJEE, known as the Junior science colleges.

What is the right time to start preparing for JEE?

With the increasing competition every year, students have started becoming conscious to start early preparations. With the feedback given by successful candidate, coaching institutes have started training students from as early as from class 9.

As there is a major shift in the curriculum from class 11 and class 12, special courses helps the students to balance the studies for engineering as well. The following benefits give an added advantage to the students who starts early preparation:

  • Sharpens the analytical skills of the students from an early age
  • Develops critical thinking to acquire an edge over their counterparts
  • Career planning is one such direction provided by the courses that helps them understand the importance of early preparations
  • Early preparations help in brushing up the analytical skills which cannot be done through any subject in school
  • Though students should not be pressurised from class 6 but also should not wait until class 11 as well. The proper time to start IIT preparation should be from class 9.

The following reasons will make a clear understanding

  • Build an approach while pressure is less:Usually the pressure point is triggered since the beginning of 10 standard, while a student entering class 11 is never surrounded by any pressure. As the students in class 9 have better understanding, the basics and fundamentals can be taught only to build an approach for the future, as they may not be able to grasp 11 or 12 syllabus
  • Students are serious about their future:Class 9 is at such an age that most of the students have already decided what career option they want to choose. Parents, not by pressurising, but by helping and supporting them can mould their career better. Even though they may lack understanding of the importance of competitive exams, with guidance they will be at a better position later on in the path of their preparation
  • Availability of free time:In comparison to senior counterparts, 9 standard students have much more free time available, which can be used for something better. A proper schedule and planning can help them get enough time to prepare for competitive exams after excluding their relaxation time.